Monday, October 10, 2005
Yes to comments
If you think about it comments didn't start spurting until about a year or so ago, I remember when I first established my blog in 2003 there was no comment section available. Nowadays the comment section of any publication is proliferating at a rapid pace. Remember Alghad Jordanian daily when it first went into circulation which it hasn't been that long ago, it didn't have reader's comment section, now it does. Why ? I think that comment is very essential and can be considered an integral part of the blog. It is sort of like an informal survey, it is highly opinionated, it is feed back from the readers, some of it is positive, and some of it is negative, and some neutral. It is your job to see where your audience are from your blog,!? Do they seem very supportive? Do they think that you are passive? aggressive? or rational human being. I agree that some of the comments are very tepid and others are plain provocative, however, and for the most part, other bloggers are sincere in their analysis. Sometimes they like to personify their comments, other times they add little humor to it, and occasionally they are highly satirical. Whatever they might feel about it, without the comment part there is no way for any of us to ever get any sort of feed back on any blogs that we write. Grant you a lot of blogs go unnoticed without any comment even if the comment button is turned on, but that in itself doesn't forecast anything about the blog. It may have been a case that people were very busy, it may be that people didn't feel like replying at that time, it may have been that they read the blog, gave a little smile and then moved on. We can never predict the readers mind unless we hear from them, and the way to hear from them is through the comment section. So my conclusion is yes for the comment section it shall stay on all the time. All comments are welcome as far as I'm concerned. Good, bad, or indifferent. Sometimes the comment might uncover a bias that I have, sometimes it might aid me to sharpen my skills further, and some times it is entertaining. Diversity, democracy, pluralism, are things that I live for and indulge the functioning of my whole life from within them. I'm all for comments, praise me if you want, and condemn if you want, I'll still love you and respect you as a human being irrespective of your opinion.